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Dr. Thomas Glenn Ledbetter, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
505 N Highway 77; Suite 200
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Ledbetter is a general internist. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, heart problems, and tuberculosis (TB) testing. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Ledbetter graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Ledbetter is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Tuberculosis Testing, Heart Problems, Consultation, Diabetes

Dr. Jason Roy Nordstrom, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Jason Nordstrom is a general internist. Patients rated Dr. Nordstrom highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nordstrom include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Nordstrom takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Tuberculosis Testing, Hypertension, Diabetes

Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Astbury practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) in Midlothian, TX and Waxahachie, TX. His clinical interests encompass diabetes, hospice (end-of-life care), and osteoporosis. Dr. Astbury has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Hospice

Dr. David Daniel Scheid, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. David Scheid is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and sleep apnea. Dr. Scheid is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Scheid graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Christiana Care Health System.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Family Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Jepsin Maliyil practices family medicine in Midlothian, TX and Waxahachie, TX. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, women's health issues, and chronic illness. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Maliyil's residency was performed at Baylor Medical Center at Garland. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Chronic Illness, Women's Health Issues

Specializes in Family Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Chad Coleman practices family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Coleman average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Coleman studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Tuberculosis Testing, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes

Dr. Leigh Furr Nordstrom, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2400 North I-35e
Waxahachie, TX
 

Dr. Leigh Nordstrom's specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Nordstrom a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Nordstrom is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Tuberculosis Testing, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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